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El Paso Del Norte: Stories On The Border
The Chicano characters in Richard Yanez's debut story collection live in El Paso's Lower Valley but inhabit a number of borders-between two countries, two languages, and two cultures, between childhood and manhood, life and death. The teenaged narrator of Desert Vista copes with a new school and a first love while negotiating the boundaries between his family's tenuous mid ...more
Paperback, First, 152 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by University of Nevada Press
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I am impartial about this book. It certainly wasn't bad. Some of the stories were beautiful -- very human. Others, I felt, fell into the realm of stereotype -- some of those felt like "issue" stories as opposed to character stories. Overall, it wasn't a bad book, but I'd probably recommend An Island Like You to a student before I'd recommend this one.
Richard Yañez was born and raised on the U.S.-México Border. He is the author of EL PASO DEL NORTE: STORIES ON THE BORDER. His novel, CROSS OVER WATER, was published in spring 2011, also by the University of Nevada Press. His work has appeared in LITERARY EL PASO, HECHO EN TEJAS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF TEXAS MEXICAN LITERATURE, and U.S. LATINO LITERATURE TODAY. A graduate of New Mexico State University a ...moreMore about Richard Yañez...